I was born and bred in Southern England, and live in a fantasy world in the general area of the New Forest, Hampshire. I'm kind of middling: middle height, middle weight, and middle-aged. Over the years I've been owned by animals of various species, both domestic and agricultural. Many of my family have been journalists and writers; my younger daughter has started writing her own books, and her son is already showing promise in his wordcrafting. I'm somewhat of a recluse; I like to remain fairly anonymous as far as my writing is concerned; it helps me to keep my fantasy world and The Real World separate.
I'm one of the many New Forest Commoners – which means that some of the ponies grazing on the New Forest belong to me & my family.
"Mark Ash" is a pseudonym behind which I hide; it's actually a local place name.